Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Saint-Jean-d'Angely area - La Grille
Lovingly restored luxury self-catering accommodation in un-spoilt rural idyll
Built in 1817, La Grille is set on the edge of the charming hamlet of Fresneau with its honey-coloured stone walls and canal roof tiles. Surrounded by vineyards and fields of sunflowers as far as the eye can see, it is the perfect haven for lazy days in the sun. Beautiful Charentaise arched entrance gates open onto a large gravel sweep edged with flowering shrubs and climbing roses. The pool and cottage (with original bread oven, sleeps 2) are nestled in a secluded walled garden, filled with colourful borders and an abundance of passion flowers and hollyhocks. Both the covered terrace and paved pool area are the perfect setting for enjoying hot summers days and dining 'al fresco'. The original character of the house (sleeps 6), with its attractive stone fireplaces, exposed beams, wood paneling and tiled and wooden floors throughout has been carefully integrated with up-to-date facilities to create this charming and luxurious property.
The Local Area - Things to Do and Places to Visit: Whether you want an active holiday or simply to relax soaking up the summer sun in this idyllic spot, there is something for everyone at La Grille! The neighbouring town of MATHA is well serviced by supermarkets, butchers, patissiers, banks, a post office and a thriving weekly market. Many of the surrounding villages have a family-run boulangerie selling freshly-baked bread and pastries. There are several good restaurants nearby and plenty of local vineyards where you can sample and buy excellent wines for next to nothing. And of course, you could try the local aperitif - Pineau des Charentes. Play tennis only a few minutes walk away in the neighbouring village of HAIMPS, or enjoy a round of golf at the course in COGNAC. With very little traffic, the area is ideal for both walking and cycling. There are lots of interconnecting lanes which gently weave their way through fields, woodland and forgotten hamlets. With plenty of spots to enjoy long, lazy picnics in the heat of the day.
Beautiful beaches are under an hour away and there are some very pretty towns and villages well worth a visit:
ST JEAN D'ANGELY with its colourful twice weekly market selling fresh regional produce, cobbled streets and medieval timber framed buildings; SAINTES with its Roman amphitheatre and river trips along the Charente;
LA ROCHELLE with its chic shopping, charming harbour and state of the art aquarium; COGNAC with its famous brandy houses and river cruises; the island of ILE DE RE with its wonderful seafood restaurants.
There are plenty of activities on offer for the younger guest:
The Futuroscope theme park at POITIERS; a fantastic swim centre at ST JEAN D'ANGELY (Atlantys);
The world famous zoo at LA PALMYRE near ROYAN; make your own chocolate at the Chocolate Factory in Tous Palis near ANGOULEME; visit The Valley of the Monkeys in VIENNE; a wonderful park in COGNAC offering crazy golf, playgrounds, a large sandpit, canoes and pedalos on the Charente and much more.
GETTING THERE: The Charente Region benefits from good transport connections which make travel to La Grille easy.
There are airports at LA ROCHELLE, POITIERS, LIMOGES and ANGOULEME all within 90 minutes. BORDEAUX airport is less than two hours away.
There is a wide range of flights from airports around the UK to choose from, including direct flights to LA ROCHELLE and POITIERS from SCOTLAND, and arranging car hire for your onward journey is straightforward.
If you prefer to travel by train, take EUROSTAR to PARIS or LILLE and connect with a high speed TGV to ANGOULEME.
Yet another option is to take your own car. La Grille is only a seven hour drive from CALAIS on non-congested roads. Alternatively, by taking the ferry to LE HAVRE or CAEN, you can complete your journey in a leisurely five hours.
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
- pets not allowed
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
Children loved the huge park in Cognac - trampolines, climbing, pedalos. The chocolate factory and boat trips on the river in Saintes. Great places to eat.